Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Thursday, 4 February 2016


 Porthgwarra to Rospletha Cliffs......
  dramatic, wild and beautiful.

 Forget your tropical islands.....for me this is paradise
Where in the world is your little corner of paradise?

Tuesday, 2 February 2016


 J and I have escaped for a little winter break to celebrate our birthday, and we've come to the tiny cove of Porthgwarra on the most south-westerly tip of Cornwall, not far from Land's End. Our holiday cottage is the small low building on the far right. I've never actually had a 'holiday' in Cornwall before! It feels rather nice to experience for oneself what all those holiday-makers come to Cornwall to experience, with the added bonus of being almost alone to enjoy it.

It was too dark to see anything when we arrived last night, so imagine our delight to wake up this morning and see this wonderful view from the sitting room. The seats at the bottom of the garden are perfect for wave-watching, and two seals were having a lovely time in the surf.

 I have never been to this particular part of the coast before......
the granite cliffs are quite spectacular.
There are two tunnels through the rock leading to the beach; I'm not sure if they are wholly natural or partly man-made, perhaps as an easier way of  bringing cargo up off the beach as the slipway itself is incredibly steep.

I spent most of today just wave-watching. Perfect.
Hope you too are doing something nice to banish away those winter blues. xxx

Sunday, 20 December 2015

at The Sea Garden

Tuesday 22nd Dec - Sunday 3rd Jan :
 Open daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) 1 - 5pm

Christmas Eve : Open 10.30am - 5pm

Bank Holiday Monday 28th Dec : 1 - 5pm and evening 6.30 - 8.30pm  SALE STARTS!


Friday, 11 December 2015

Feeling a little bit Christmassy......

 making decorations.....

 At the end of November I made a special trip up to Sussex to go to the 'Country Brocante Christmas Fair' held at Cowdray Park. Oh, it was all so beautiful......My favourite purchase was this handmade mouse by 'Ayres and Grace'. I have made a tableau inside an old glass dome, and she sits by my bedside in front of an old mirror so that I can see her from behind too. 

"It's Christmas and Mabel mouse sits quietly with her stocking hoping to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas, but falls fast asleep......"

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Coffee, Crafting and Cake

 In a quiet backstreet in the heart of Lostwithiel there is a little cafe called 2 Quay Street. Shall we go inside? The windows are quite steamed up...........

Ooooooh, it's lovely and warm in here! 

 The cafe is run by two friends, Amanda and Jane. They both share a love of vintage haberdashery and handmade crafts, so as well as delicious homemade cakes there are plenty of other tempting goodies on offer too!

Cosy and inviting, with comfy chairs and lit lamps, and so much to look at everywhere.....

Shelves full of fabrics and wool,

 baskets overflowing with vintage knitting patterns,

and more wool....

embroidery cottons and sewing accoutrements; bowls of buttons....

reels of ribbon and ric-rac....

and one-off handmade items for sale......

Let us take a break from all this looking and enjoy something to eat and drink,

 but which one to go for????

Last time I had the orange and almond palenta cake......

(Someone has knitted this gorgeous tea cosy of the cafe with Amanda and Janes' names above the door!)

this time I went for Jane's homemade Bakewell tart and a mug of hot choc with cream, mmmmmmm.....

On Wednesday mornings an informal get-together of knitters occurs at 2 Quay Street, which is why Angelica and I met up there today, but I confess not much knitting was achieved in between the lively chat and the consuming of cake and the distractions of vintage loveliness everywhere!

My chief distraction was this set of drawers filled with vintage plastic buttons, each drawer colour-coded.

Spotted on top of a shelf - hee-hee!

Well, I could quite happily have vegetated in a corner observing the comings and goings at No. 2 Quay Street for the rest of the day, but alas, things to do, people to see......there will always be next time! 
2 Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
01208 872962